March 6, 2010:
Chapter Mention: Boston Globe
Is the imaginative child an endangered species? In a provocative new book, Bridget Matros, cocreator of the Art Studio at the Boston Children’s Museum, asks that question and suggests ways to address the creativity deficit she sees in children and adults. Her essay appears in the anthology “20Under40: Re-Inventing the Arts and Arts Education for the 21st Century” (AuthorHouse).… In “Handprint Turkeys and the Cotton Ball Snowman: Is There Hope for an Artful America?” Matros writes about young children who, when asked to suggest an alternative use for an egg carton, “struggle to imagine. This, to me, is astounding, and gravely problematic.” She points a finger at adults who teach children that art should conform to a narrow set of rules.